Azazel (Arabic: عزازل Azāzil, Japanese: アザゼル Azazeru?) is the main antagonist of Tekken 6. It is the second Tekken villain, after Ogre, not to be a blood relation of the Mishima family (although he is still related to them in a way, as he has a connection with the Devil Gene).
Not much about Azazel's history is known, but according to Mokujin in the Scenario Campaign, it long ago reigned over the heavens and earth as their ruler, and, according to Jin in a cutscene, was known as the "Rectifier". Other characters will also mention how he ruled over humans "thousands of years ago."
At some point, the humans rebelled and overthrew him, and the beast was imprisoned behind a magical seal by Zafina's ancient ancestors. He was imprisoned in the very temple that was once built in his name, which seems to have ended up disappearing from the mortal plane entirely as a result of the magic (according to Devil Jin, "some spatial distortion" was to be expected due to the strength of the seal). Alternatively, the temple was simply buried deep beneath the sands (in Tekken 7, it is said that Azazel was "sealed deep underground"). During its imprisonment, a legend among Zafina's clan would spawn that said that Azazel would awaken and destroy the world when "two dark stars" clash in battle.
Azazel also had some sort of connection with the Devil Gene; according to Devil Jin, "the source of [their] power is the same", and his orb is shown to be able to give or absorb Devil powers in some characters' endings. According to Raven in part 2 of the official TEKKEN Retro Recap, Azazel is "the root of the Devil Gene," and "may be responsible for Devil Jin and Kazuya."
Despite the efforts of many, Azazel is ultimately awoken as a result of the overflow of negative energy produced by Mishima Zaibatsu head Jin Kazama after plunging the world into war. Jin believed that awakening Azazel and destroying him would be his chance to get rid of his Devil Gene and save the world in the process. Once awake, Azazel faces Lars Alexandersson and Raven in battle, and loses. During the fight, Azazel reveals that it is known as the "Rectifier of All Things", that he was resurrected as a result of the sins of mankind and now the time has come for him to destroy humanity so that they can atone for having brought the world to the brink of destruction. However, he is defeated, and, too injured to continue the battle, seemingly self-destructs.
This, however, is later revealed to have been a ruse in order to gather more strength. As Jin and Lars fight outside the temple, Jin fully explains his motives to Lars before Azazel bursts out from the ground beneath them, stronger than ever before. Jin, having told Lars that Azazel can only be destroyed by someone that carries the Devil Gene, powers up and approaches Azazel, who fires countless beams of energy at Jin, only for them to be deflected away. Without warning, Jin punches his fist straight through Azazel's chest and the two of them plummet into the abyss below. The outcome of the battle is not shown, but it can be safely assumed that Azazel has been destroyed once and for all, as a powerful beam of light is shown shooting from the darkness of the pit.
In Zafina's story in Tekken 7, it is revealed that although the demon was seemingly destroyed, Azazel barely escaped extinction in spirit form. Learning this, Zafina successfully performs a ritual to contain the beast within her. However, Azazel's power within her gradually begins to increase, leading Zafina to believe that if she does not finish the two evil stars, Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima, for good, Azazel would become resurrected again.
Azazel's presence can be seen in Zafina's updated moveset, and manifests itself as Zafina's corrupted left arm that can become a fully-fledged arm of Azazel in combat. In one of her victory animations, it is shown that Zafina seems to at times struggle with Azazel to maintain full control of her body.
Azazel appears to have the ability to summon crystal boulders from the ground to attack the opponent, as well as to keep them away from it, and summon numerous crystal scarabs that attack the opponent. In Tekken 6's arcade mode, the crystal boulders combo is changed into a rocks and boulders combo. Azazel also has some moves that are similar to other bosses in the series, such as a stun (similar to Jinpachi Mishima's stun attack) and the ability to fire lasers (similar to Devil, Angel, and Devil Jin's) towards the opponent, in an attack resembling True Ogre's fire breath. He also possesses a tail sweep attack resembling Roger Jr.'s; Azazel, however, whips it twice in a row.
While Azazel doesn't block by itself, it does have auto-block properties most of the time, even while performing special moves, making it extremely hard to hit in higher difficulties. He also cannot be thrown.
Azazel is really large, and in combos, he is knocked away much closer than other characters, meaning combos not possible on normal characters can be performed on him.
- Jin Kazama - Jin learned about Azazel from an unknown source and began plans to bring it back to life. At some point, it started speaking to him telepathically and ordered him to fill the world with negative energy so that he could be given physical form (however, according to his dialogue with Lars, Jin fully realised that the voice in his head was Azazel only after he had met Zafina for the first time, which happened 6 months after Azazel's temple first reappearing). Jin later defeated and seemingly killed Azazel at the end of the Scenario Campaign story.
- Kazuya Mishima - The second evil star that was prophesied to be needed for Jin to clash with in order to awaken Azazel. Azazel viewed himself as the creator of Kazuya and Jin, and considered them his minions, as they had filled the world with negative energy just like he had wished. Kazuya had at some point also learned of Azazel and tried to obtain his power, but was stopped at his temple by Lars and Raven.
- Lars Alexandersson - Defeated his physical form, similar to how Paul Phoenix defeated Ogre's first form in Tekken 3.
- Zafina - Her clan has protected the chamber Azazel resided in since ancient times. The seal of the chamber was broken when she went inside (as seen in the Tekken 6 opening scene). In Tekken 7 Zafina has the ability to use Azazel's powers from her left hand.
- Julia Chang - She senses a great deal of similarity between Azazel and Ogre, as can be seen in the Scenario Campaign.
- Mokujin - He was awoken by Azazel's power in Tekken 6.
- Sergei Dragunov - Azazel became Dragunov's new target to capture instead of Kazuya and Jin (as seen in his Scenario Campaign and Arena mode ending).
- Azazel literally means "hell" (עזאזל) in Hebrew. The term also refers to a mountain from which scapegoats - goats ceremonially imbued with the essence of the Hebrew people's sins - were cast as part of the original Yom Kippur rituals. It is thought that Azazel as a demon ("absolute removal", a more emphatic form of azel/"removal") is a false cognate of the mountain Azazel ("ruggedness of God").
- While Azazel's height and weight are not mentioned, judging by how big he is, it is possible he is 10 feet tall and about 1500 pounds.
- If playing as Julia Chang in Azazel's stage in Scenario Campaign, she will remark on the similarities of the essence between it and Ogre.
- If a player has up to 10 million points in Arcade Mode, a different version of Azazel, known as Gold Azazel due to the color he uses, is fought instead of normal Azazel. He reportedly does 1.5x the normal amount of damage, has 2x damage resistance, and glows a bloody, crimson red color instead of an orange, lava-ish color when Rage Mode is activated. Beating him in the arcade version yields 20,000G, but in the console versions, it is 2,000,000G.
- Gold Azazel is the form Azazel takes after he reappears upon the player defeating Jin for the final time in the Scenario Campaign.
- Azazel can be playable on the PlayStation Portable version of Tekken 6 via CWCheat or NitePr.
- On PlayStation 3, Azazel is now playable via a User Cheat (Code Unique) cheat device using the "Tekken 6 Rebirth Mod", made by the same developer who developed the play as boss codes for Tekken 6 PSP. His Golden Version is also playable, though random. When fighting as Azazel vs Azazel, the CPU version of Azazel will be invincible due to having no secondary costume, though this does not happen in the PSP version of Tekken 6. Both Azazel and NANCY-MI847J can be playable in all modes, including Campaign Mode, however, neither of them have their own dialogues.
- On the PSP, players can fight Azazel as "Dark Azazel" via CWCheat, which is just Azazel in permanent Rage Mode who takes much less damage than the Gold Azazel.
- In Tekken 6, Azazel is one of the two characters who speaks English and has subtitles, Miguel being the other one.
- Azazel seems to have parts of his body made out of beetles, most notably his arms.
- In the arcades, Azazel is black, but in the console versions, he is purple. As it suffers damage, it turns more vibrant shades of red, and finally gold in its most powerful form.
- In Tekken 6, Azazel initially attacks every two seconds, then every second after first being defeated. Thus, an ideal strategy is to time one's attacks just before these intervals.
- Due to Azazel's sheer size, Devil Jin can fire lasers at him up to 9 consecutive times in the air. It could be done by repelling him first with Demon's Paw, and, when he is propelled into the air, the player can then shoot their laser in the air continuously. Azazel will try to spin around but, due to the limitations of the stage, will get stuck and will slowly drop, providing an opportunity to strike him again and again until he finally falls down.
- Azazel is the only final boss from the Tekken series who doesn't return in Tekken Tag Tournament 2, as Heihachi Mishima (from Tekken and Tekken 4), Devil (from Tekken 2), True Ogre (from Tekken 3), Unknown (from Tekken Tag Tournament) and Jinpachi Mishima (from Tekken 5) all return for the game.
- Azazel's voice actor in the Scenario Campaign mode is Richard Epcar, known for voice acting Raiden from the Mortal Kombat series, another deity.
- It's unknown if Azazel has a connection with the Hachijo Clan, which is where Kazuya and Jin got their Devil Gene through Kazuya's mother.